Storage Inns of America – Self Storage Location on Wilmington Ave receives national recognition. Each year one new self storage facility is selected to receive the award for Self Storage Construction. Our very own Storage Inns of America on Wilmington Avenue received this high honor. Read more about it in the following article published in the December 2017 issue of Mini Storage Messenger.
What traits identify a winner? While the question is surely debatable, ingenuity must certainly be among them. Ingenuity provides the resourcefulness needed to navigate any number of obstacles, expected or unforeseen. Case in point: putting up a storage facility of more than 500 units with a host of special features in a neighborhood with exacting design requirements – and doing it on a peculiar triangle-shaped site. Inspired by a warehouse in Chicago that has been converted to retail use, the result is a visually structure sporting a brick facade, floor to ceiling windows, outdoor sconce lighting and attractive landscaping. And that’s just on the outside. In the lobby-area there’s a 2000-squarefeet “boutique museum.”
A Special Site
With this wealth of experience, the Smiths were well-seasoned when they decided to expand again in 2016. This time to the Patterson Park neighborhood of Dayton. A location close to the campus of the University of Dayton, several mature residential subdivisions, and a dense base of retail and commercial businesses, Patterson Park is known as a somewhat upscale area. Market research indicated the area was under- served and had an extensive amount of pent-up demand.
The exact site chosen was one quite familiar to locals. From 1950 to 2010, the address, 1450 Wilmington Pike, was home to WHIO-TV and its radio counterpart, WHIO-AM. As the very first TV station to begin operations in the Dayton area, the broadcaster’s art deco building and landmark transmission tower reigned for decades as community fixtures, and are fondly recalled by generations of Daytonians.
The station represented the crown jewel of its parent com- pany, Cox Media Group, which was founded in the 1920s by former Ohio Governor James Cox. The station’s original building was demolished several years ago, but the location still triggers cherished memories.
“We knew the site was very special to the people of Dayton, and we were intent on honoring that legacy by offering a quality facility that everyone would be proud of,” explains Debbie Smith.